George Abel- 2018 Volunteer of the Year
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The Oneida County History Center has named George Abel 2018 Volunteer of the Year. Volunteers, such as George, are vital to the daily operation and long-term care of the History Center. This honor was announced during the annual Hall of Fame and Living Legends Awards Banquet on October 3, 2018. George was chosen by his co-volunteers, History Center staff, and the Board of Trustees.
George was born in Utica, NY, and spent his childhood on the family farm in Colemans Mills, a small hamlet near Oriskany. He attended Oriskany schools and his favorite subject was history. He entered the US Navy in 1960 and served our nation for four years on the USS Constellation. Upon return, George moved to Utica and immediately began to work for Indium Corporation, where he spent 40 years as a roll mill operator. George joined the History Center as a volunteer after his retirement from Indium. He joined because he was looking for something to do and wanted to become more involved in the community.
George volunteers at the History Center five days a week and serves as the organization’s Bookstore Manager, a position he has held for 13 years. He also happily greets guests visiting the exhibit gallery, answers phones, and offers free local history lessons to anyone willing to listen. As a Utica resident for over 30 years, he enjoys offering suggestions to out of town guests on other local attractions. His favorite part of the job is interacting with like-minded people who love history.
George is an avid reader, genealogical researcher, and practices marquetry. He is also very involved with First Presbyterian Church. He serves as head usher, previously served as a moderator for the board of deacons, and is responsible for the church’s security alarm, answering potential alerts 24/7.
The History Center is grateful for enthusiastic volunteers and active community members like George. The History Center staff, volunteers, and board of trustees would like to thank and recognize him for his many years of dedicated service to the History Center and the community.
Student internships at the history center are a great way to gain hands-on experience in the fields of history or museum studies. Internships are open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Internships are unpaid; however, check with your institution about course credit or service hours.
George Abel (left) and OCHC Board President Andrew Weimer (right)
The history center is always looking for dedicated volunteers and interns to help preserve our past. Please read below for more information and current opportunities.
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